Pixel) 2007.Horror/thriller. 117 minutes. Color and Black and
White. Not Rated. There was a time when the small town of
was a popular tourist stop, thanks to
. That was before a series of child murders began, and their mangled
bodies were found on the park’s property. Soon the attraction was shut
down, and families moved away, turning Eidolon Crossing and “
” into a decaying skeleton of a once flourishing community. Jake
Richardson (William Clifton) has returned to the town where his little
brother was the last of 26 children to fall prey to the unknown killer.
The ghosts of those little lost souls begin to speak to Jake, providing
puzzles to a horrible mystery that destroyed Eidolon Crossing.
is the first of Eric Stanze’s movies I’ve seen, and I’m already a
fan. I was struck particularly by the use of the camera in telling this
story. Shots of decaying roller coasters and ferris wheels capture a sad
sense of foreboding. I was also impressed at how Stanze was able to
provide scenes set in years from the 1940’s to the present, (including a
remarkable WW2 battle sequence) on what must have been a very limited
budget. The film is deliberately paced, and some may find it a bit long at
nearly 2 hours. I was never bored though, and really got into the story
from the very beginning. The film is by turns shocking, heartbreaking, and
thought provoking. I highly recommend
. Eric Stanze is obviously one of the best indie directors working today.
The DVD includes commentary by Eric Stanze, Outtake Reel and Music Video.
The film is presented 16x9 Widescreen and in Dolby Stereo Sound.- Budd